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Scribblenauts Unlimited

Submitted by on November 13, 2013 – 1:19 pmNo Comment

Scribblenauts UnlimitedThough it’s meant to be a redemption quest, one that forces Maxwell to examine the way he’s mistreated others and abused his notebook’s powers, I was having none of that. It’s a game filled with characters dropping their wishes at Maxwell’s feet, and I wanted to be the venomous djinn, the nefarious wishmaster that only granted them with a terrible twist. I became the devil on Maxwell’s shoulder, goading him into silencing my counterpart with his notebook by writing out “absent conscience.”

I roamed the game’s world, wreaking havoc in every life I touched – instead of providing levels filled with different challenges to solve as in previous entries, Scribblenauts Unlimited features an overworld filled with different environments. These range from a haunted house to an underwater kingdom and a fire house under siege by zombies, each populated with characters seeking your help.

In the subway station location, a jobless man told me he would be able to find decent work if only he had an education. I summoned a “clueless teacher,” who appeared wearing a dunce cap. The man received his degree, the challenge popped up on my screen as completed, and the graduate now wore his professor’s dunce cap. Who knows if he ever convinced anyone to hire him. I pass by the station every now and then, and still see him hanging around there.

There are also multi-challenge missions, like the one where I helped a worried guy prepare for his date by giving him a “polka dot suit” for his outfit, a “slimy skateboard” to pick her up with, a “deadly bouquet” to offer the lady, and a “violent violinist” to provide music while they ate dinner. Uncontent to leave my treachery at that, when the couple later asked me to invite the necessary people to their wedding, I brought in the “disapproving mother-in-law.” My second choice would have been an “unlicensed priest.”

That was around the point when my wife, who was playing along in the Sidekick Mode (others with Wii Remotes can take control of whatever the GamePad holder conjures) commented that I’d become quite wicked with the notebook. Scribblenauts Unlimited is one of those wonderful Wii U titles that lets you play on the GamePad without the TV – albeit with only a single player – so I soon switched to that mode to hide my heartlessness from her view. You miss out on the game’s HD graphics, which are a first for the traditionally handheld series, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll ignore the TV and play the entire thing by looking at the GamePad’s smaller display the entire time anyway.

And this way my wife never saw the other date I intruded on, in which the couple sat around waiting for some entertainment. I brought out a “funny mistress,” which turned the “bored girlfriend” into an “amused brokenhearted crying girlfriend” that ran toward the door. “Fake jewelry” brought her back to the cheating beau’s arms.

Just about the only lives you can’t ruin in this game are those of Mario and friends – 5th Cell teamed up with Nintendo to offer items and characters from the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda franchises as Wii U-exclusive content. You can drop Luigi and Ganon into the game, but you can’t actually modify them with adjectives or the Object Editor.

That Object Editor, by the way, is a great new addition to the series, giving you powerful tools to edit or create nearly any object. You can change how objects/characters move, sound, behave, look (e.g. colors, patterns, mustaches), and more. It’s a nice way to get around the game’s restrictions that prevent you from summoning most proper nouns, vulgar items, or objects that would be inappropriate for its E10+ rating.

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